Funded Outreach and Education Projects

Outreach Table

2019–2020 Projects

Assessing Farm-Stress and Community Support in Imperial County Farmers

Adrianne Keeney, San Diego State University

Imperial County is a high-need, medically underserved geographic area and has some of the worst overall health outcomes out of all California counties. This study will examine the relationship between stress, physical functioning, mental health, and community networks with Imperial County farmers. Study results and relationships built will be used to help inform outreach and intervention strategies that look at how to engage farmers in community support networks to extend mental health services to reduce farm-related stress.

Evaluating Effectiveness of Story-Telling Tools in the Gear Up for Ag Health and Safety™ Classroom: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Appropriate Use of PPE During Emergency Response

Ag Health and Safety Alliance

The Gear Up for Ag Health and Safety™ program includes current evidence-based content, interactive demonstrations, and distribution of PPE to high school and college-age students involved in agriculture in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Scandinavia. This project will develop and test new resources and an in-classroom story card activity discussing the importance of appropriate use of PPE in emergency scenarios such as wildfires, flooding, and zoonotic disease.

Hawaii Pesticide Safety Webinar Series

AgSafe, Modesto, CA

Despite technological advances that have led to more enhanced chemistry and target precision, pesticide-related illnesses still occur due to the continued use of pesticides in Hawaii's diverse and robust agricultural industry. At a recent AgSafe educational event in Hawaii, 67% of participants acknowledged having had a pesticide-related illness in their operation and 83% expressed the desire for more pesticide related education. As a result of this experience, AgSafe will develop a pesticide safety webinar series for Hawaiian growers to eliminate barriers that many growers encounter in the completion of traditional classes.


2018–2019 Projects

California Worker Protection Standard Training Video Project

AgSafe, Modesto, CA

The continued prevalence of pesticide use in California’s agricultural industry results in an on-going risk of accidental exposure and subsequent illness by farmworkers. The federal government recently implemented sweeping changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, the regulation dictating how growers should protect workers from possible exposure. As a result, resources have been developed to educate the industry’s labor force on those new regulations. California, however, implemented meaningfully different regulatory changes and the result has been confusion and frustration by growers specific to the availability of Spanish language training tools for use with farmworkers. The California Worker Protection Standard Training Video Project aims to remedy these concerns as well as allow for additional grower awareness outreach specific to the revised, state-specific regulatory changes and the need for updated farm worker pesticide safety training.

Health and Safety Outreach for Hawaii's Women Farmers

O'ahu Resource Conservation & Development Council, O'ahu, HI

For decades, Hawaii agriculture was dominated by plantation-style agriculture. This production system typically included large operations, male-dominated management, and was often focused on profits at the expense of worker and family well-being. Recent shifts away from plantations toward diversified agriculture have created opportunities for small and medium sized farms; and data indicate that more and more women are taking lead roles in management decisions. Oahu RC&D has been fostering a network of women farmers and ranchers throughout Hawaii, and with funds from WCAHS, will provide support to this network using a combination of technical trainings and print and audiovisual information sharing specifically focused on health and safety topics, including sexual harassment.

Development of Farmworker Health & Safety Educational Materials in Mixteco and Spanish

Radio Bilingüe, California

Radio Bilingüe, the leading U.S. public radio producer and broadcaster serving Latino and Indigenous farmworkers, proposes to collaborate with the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency to develop audio educational materials in Mixteco and Spanish on farmworker health, safety and labor rights. The primary products will be 60- to 90-second creative educational messages in Mixteco and Spanish that will be 1) aired on Radio Bilingüe’s stations throughout California’s agricultural regions, and 2) adaptable for additional educational uses (i.e. farmworker peer networks, direct outreach and training, social media, video production, etc.). These tools will respond to the study recently conducted by the UCLA Labor Center with the Labor Agency identifying best outreach practices and the types of information farmworkers need. Radio Bilingüe brings a decades-long record of developing and implementing culturally appropriate outreach on worker safety and rights via the highly popular medium of radio among low-literacy farmworkers in their languages.

Respiratory Illness Training for Promotores in the Central Valley

Health Initiatives of the Americas (HIA), UC Berkeley Public Health

The Community Health Workers (or Promotores de Salud) model has been proven successful to reach and educate underserved populations such as agricultural workers because they are trusted in the communities and capable of delivering culturally and linguistically appropriate information. The Health Initiatives of the Americas (HIA) has a long history of working and training promotores serving in this population. With the purpose of enriching Promotores knowledge of respiratory illnesses directly related to working in agricultural environments in California, HIA proposes a project with two components, 1) a 4-hour training on respiratory illness for 30 Promotores de Salud in the Central Valley, and 2) reinforcement of the training with a 12-week text messaging campaign to participants in order to instigate and reinforce behavioral changes regarding respiratory illness prevention among agricultural workers.

Pesticide Safety Training for Farmworkers in Arizona

Campesinos Sin Fronteras, ​Somerton, AZ

Campesinos Sin Fronteras will conduct EPA-WPS standard classes for parents and children from farmworker families. Campesinos will educate the participants on the dangers of pesticides and other toxic agricultural chemicals, enhance their awareness of the dangers to their families, and increase their knowledge of methods of eliminating and reducing these dangers. Campesinos will work with, and draw participants from, three local Head Start centers that serve farmworker children. Campesinos and the Head Start centers will integrate the EPA-WPS classes into the Head Start curricula. Classes will take place from October through March, which corresponds to the local agricultural season.